Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: My dear Wormwood ...

My dear Wormwood, I note what you say about guiding your patient's reading and taking care that he sees a good deal of his materialist friend.
- p. 23 (the beginning),  The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

I divide the causes of human laughter into Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy. You will see the first among friends and lovers reunited on the eve of a holiday. Among adults some pretext of the Jokes is provide, but the facility with which the smallest witticisms produce laughter as such a time shows that they are not the real cause. What the real cause is we do not know.

That's not my copy of the book - mine is ratty and old and was saved from the curb. But I want that copy! It's time for a re-read! It's been years since I've cracked this one open!


  1. I hope you enjoy the book. I'm not sure the beginning is enough to draw me in. Maybe a few more sentences and CS Lewis will hook me ;-)

  2. I love the Screwtape Letters. i haven't seen this illustrated edition before,though. Thanks for visiting earlier and have a great weekend.

  3. Ah, what a fun book! Thanks for sharing....and for visiting my blog.

  4. This is a great book. I'd love the illustrated version!

    Thanks for posting your link on Book Beginnings!


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